Germany’s Markus Rehm sets world record in the long jump

German flag. German flag

Yesterday at the  Ulm German Athletics Championships, Markus Rehm set a world record in the F44 long jump, with a jump of 8.24 meters on his fourth attempt. He was the first amputee athlete to compete at the championships.

 

His jump also secured him a first place finish, and qualified him for the European athletics championships which take place in Zurich, Switzerland from August 12 to 18.  Former European champion Christian Reif finished second with a jump of 8.2 meters.  Following the race, the twenty-five year old jumper was quoted by n-tv.de the as saying, “I still have heart palpitations.  There are simply jumps you meet perfectly – and so it was today.”   On Facebook, he said, “I AM SPEECHLESS … and can not believe it, 8.24 m and thus German Champion! Perfect conditions and an excellent audience … now I have to come down again! made ​​short finish and there you go to Mainz to the Current.”

 

Not everyone is happy with the result.   Rehm runs and jumps with a specially designed blade that is 15 inches longer than his other leg.  Reif accused Rehm of basically cheating as a result.   There are allegations that it gives him an unfair competitive advantage when jumping. German Athletics Federation head coach  Idriss Gonschinska is quoted by  n-tv.de as saying in response to this allegation, “It takes complex analysis in order to answer this question.”

 

Rehm competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, where he also set a world record in the long jump with a  7.35 meter jump for 1,093 points. He competes for TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

About Laura Hale
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.